LDS teen Evie Clair vies for a spot in ‘America’s Got Talent’ semifinals with performance of ‘Wings’


Evie Clair, the 13-year-old from Florence, Arizona, captured America’s hearts yet again with her own heart-wrenching story.

Her father, who serves as Bishop in her ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer a year ago and given a mere 5 percent chance to live.

Before Clair’s performance on the show, a clip was shown of her father.

“I don’t get scared of dying,” Amos Abplanalp said. “I get scared of not being able to take care of my family and watch them accomplish their goals. That’s what I’m fighting for — I’m fighting for those moments.”

Clair’s Tuesday performance fell on the night of her parent’s 20th wedding anniversary. She performed the song, “Wings” by Birdy and received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

“You are like a singing angel,” said Mel B, one of the judges on the show. “It made me think of my dad, and I just think your dad is going to be proud of you no matter what, and I’m proud of you.”

America’s votes determine whether Clair advances on to the semi-finals, but whether Clair continues on the show or not, she knows singing is in her future.

“Now, more than ever, my dad inspires me to do what I love which is singing,” Clair said on the show. “Every time I sing it’s for my dad. Even if he’s not there, it’s just one step closer to being with him. I just have to give 100 percent because that is what my dad is doing and I want to be like him.”

The results will be announced tonight on NBC at 8/7 central during the live show of “America’s Got Talent.”

Watch Clair’s previous performances here and here.



Utah Valley is Lindsey's home away from her Colorado Springs home. She writes for Utah Valley Magazine, and Prosper Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @lindsey5brooke.

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